The whole class is studying geometry in math. Students are learning to identify plane shapes by their sides and angles. Also, they are learning to identify three-dimensional shapes by their attributes which include edges, flat surfaces (faces), and vertices. We read The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns. In the story the triangle keeps asking the shape shifter for one more side and one more angle to make its life more interesting. Ask your child to tell you the different shapes the triangle became as more sides and angles were added. In the story, the students see how shapes appear in the real world in places such as baseball diamonds, five-pointed stars, honeycombs, stop signs, etc. Now that students can describe and analyze polygons and the and solid figures according to their attributes we will begin to combine shapes and build composite shapes. Also, we continue to practice adding and subtracting using sprints and Xtramath. Students are reviewing place value using splash math on the ChromeBooks.
One of my favorite springtime activities is raising butterflies. We have six butterfly larvae in the classroom. Over the next few weeks we will observe the larvae as they grow, shed, form chrysalises, and finally emerge as butterflies. There are numerous books, videos, and posters that describe the butterfly life cycle, but the opportunity to witness the process in the classroom is much more engaging and educational.